Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
Agree with all that has been said,far as both the legs gripping, using a saddle, while fixing his bolting, and taht he might also have your number, bareback. He got you off, and you could not stop him
Occasional bareback is fine, short term, on a horse with no back issues, and one that is broke
I think perhaps you need to learn to be comfortable riding in a saddle. I grew up riding bareback, and when I first rode with a saddle,I tried to ride in it as if I was riding bareback-very uncomfortable!
A saddle allows you to keep legs off a horse, unless you intend to use a leg aid, plus you have away more independant seat,so never wind up balancing on the reins. You can also distribute some weight into the stirrups,and sure easier to take ahorse's head away, riding with a saddle, but don't use that , until you teach the horse at slower gaits, what is known as the one rein stop, although I prefer taking the head away,which does not mean necessarily that you stop all movement
Why are you running a horse with other horses, that bolts, and when you don't have the training or the skill to shut him down
No training is better then negative training!
If your seat is better bareback, and you come off, that does not say much far as your experience riding with a saddle, and I suggest you start by learning to ride well it agood fitting saddle, so you have that independent seat, so you don't have legs on the horse constantly, so you can easily take the head away with one rein
It sounds rather 'out of control', having him stop his bolt, being cut off by another horse, as the last thing ahorse needs that gets strong, that bolts, is to be run with other horses, until those holes are fixed at the slower gaits